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Be My Royal case held up by scientific legal arguments.

THE Jockey Club's inquiry into the positive morphine test given by 2002 Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup winner Be My Royal will go into a second day after a delayed start yesterday.

Trainer Willie Mullins was present at Portman Square to hear the fate of his charge.

Be My Royal tested positive for morphine, the source

of which is thought to have been a contaminated food supply.

In total there were 37 positive tests for morphine

between November 2002 and February 2003 in Britain.

However, despite seven of these having been resolved by the Jockey Club with the disqualification of the horse concerned, this high-profile case always threatened to take longer to be dealt with.

Yesterday's proceedings were delayed by legal argument over scientific evidence and no conclusions were

expected to be reached by the end of the day.

Jockey Club public relations director John Maxse

declined to comment on the progress of the inquiry.

"It is my understanding that no comment would be given by either party prior to the conclusion of the hearing," he said.

"A second day had already been set aside to hear the conclusion of the matter."
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Date:Jan 30, 2004
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